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A Mayo Clinic of a Different Kind

by Inmyredhead (writer), A beautiful west coast place., June 21, 2013

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Where's my 'conditioner'?

"Compact Disks: condition as needed." Say what?

You have probably heard for years how amazing mayonaise can be to condition beat up hair. I myself have never tried it... on my hair. So I can't vouche for the voracity of that tidbit, but I can tell you that mayonaise does indeed have amazing conditioning qualities when applied to CDs.

That's right. Compact Disks. Those shiny little round wonders of musical enjoyment and one of Americas favorite condiments.

As I write this I realize the age of compact disks, all beit ever so slowly, is dying out as a new age of MP3s takes hold. All the more reason to revive the ones you have. And for some, even more useful is to be able to use this trick on your childrens game console disks. Because we all know how rough a kid can be on these fragile, expensive, teeny little packages packed with entertainment.

The next time your cd skips like Grandpa's 45 records or sweet little Grace brings you her My Little Pony Palace Wii game disk and cries that it won't work... just whip out the Miracle Whip. Or 'Tangy Sandwich Spread'. What ever you keep on hand. I can't say brand name versions work any better or that store brands work any less... it really doesn't matter.

Set the disk shiny side up on top of a paper towel. Take out a spoon of mayonise from the jar and dip the tip of your finger into the mayo and deposit the mayo bits onto the shiny surface of the CD. Repeat the process until a circle of dots covers the disk. With a finger tip gently spread and rub the mayonaise across the rest of the CD, avoiding the clear very center portion as much as possible. There should be a somewhat thick layer so that you can visibly see the mayonaise on the disk. Set the disk back onto the paper towel and let sit at room temp for about half an hour. Too long and the product will begin to overdry. You want the mayo to start to become transparent ( aka see through) but not dry or stiff. After about half an hour take a soft cloth and remove mayonaise. Keep a circular motion and just continue gently rubbing until the rag has taken 99.5 % off. Meaning, just don't worry about coming out with a pristinely clean dry surface. You want the mayo to set into the scratches and fill them in creating a more smooth surface.

This will not work with very deep gouges. For these you may still be able to save it by bringing it to your local video rental store. Many video stores are now investing in expensive machines that gently resurface compact disks and blu ray disks. There is often a charge... anywhere from .50 to $2. But it's a heck of a lot cheaper than replacing a $60 Xbox game. And a heck of a lot easier to not have to listen to little Gracie cry big alligator tears over the loss of her coveted 'Princess Pets' game.

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By Coach Phatty on June 21, 2013 at 10:50 pm

NICE! Great post! Where did you find the technique? I can definitely use this idea on several CD's of mine.

Thanks again!!

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By riginal on June 22, 2013 at 03:19 am

You are amazing do i regrow my hair? I'd put mayo on my head but i would be afraid my missus would lick me to death just to get ahead! Serious, your hubby and co are so lucky. Must repeat what Coach asked...where in the heck do you get all this from? I bet if you were dropped off on the moon you would save the astronauts half the 'return fare' ticket. You should be in charge of Congress 'spending' to save on 'vanishing?' sprees. Nice...and so was the post. Cheers.

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By Barbara MacDonald on June 22, 2013 at 08:41 pm

Thanks IMRH....I will remember this and use it when needed...never knew this...the mayo in the hair...yes, I tried that years ago...and it does leave the hair very conditioned and soft...just a bit of a pain to get it rinsed out...nice article. :D

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By Inmyredhead on July 04, 2013 at 12:38 am

Thanks for the kind comments. I wish I could say exactly where I got the tip from myself... it's been years. I vaguely recall it having something to do with vinyl records... my husband collects and it seems like he had mentioned it once and I figured if it works for those kinds of scratches maybe it will work for CD's. Hey, when your little sweetie pumpkin pie 6 yr old daughter can't play Mario Sunshine anymore- ya come up with something!

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